Hamlet, A Rational Thinker Essay

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“To be or not to be, that is the question,” the quote claimed by Shakespeare seems to have revolutionized the way people thought in the 17th century. After the death of his father, the king, Prince Hamlet takes up a vulnerable role in the text. Not only does Hamlet face the challenges of society by no longer having a father role and giving up his position to inherit the throne, but he also finds himself trapped at a loss of willpower when it comes to avenging himself for what Claudius has done. Although he seems to handle his situation well, his sanity is questioned after a series of murders at the finale of the text when Hamlet acts out on the anger that has been cooped up throughout the play. It seems that because of the lack courtesy on Claudius’ behalf, Hamlet is empowered to act. Hamlet’s indecision to act on avenging himself with King Claudius seems to be delayed and influenced by a cornucopia of factors that Shakespeare expresses throughout the text.
During the play, Hamlet seems to be one of the most rational thinkers in the text. The ill marriage to Hamlet’s mother Gertrude gives Hamlet more reason to disagree and act out against Claudius and his government. It was Hamlet’s “Mouse trap” that provides the standard as being one of his most aggressive acts through the text. His reinacting of King Hamlet’s death in front of Claudius seems to be the ideal concept behind trying to get Claudius to feel guilty over what he has done. It seems that Hamlet does such a thing so that he is given more reason to actually act out on the desires he has of killing Claudius. Prior to this excerpt in the text, it is Hamlet’s conscience and mind that keeps him hesitating and making excuses for what he truly wants to do. As a rational thinker, Hamlet seems that he needs to prove himself right before he can act out on such reckless motives. Even when he is alone with Claudius while he is praying, he comes up with that excuse that it would be a sin to kill someone when praying. It seems that he faces a great deal of doubt over what he thinks is justifiable by society’s standards. The apparition of the ghost in the early points of the text seems to be good enough reason in itself to get revenge on Claudius simply because if the ghost is who he says he is, being given instructions by his “father” would be reason enough to kill. On the other hand, this is not the case. Hamlet as a reasonable thinker questions whether or not that was truly his ghost. He doesn’t seem to fall for the trickery that has presented itself in front of him trying to send him in the wrong path. He is also aware that the state of Denmark isn’t a healthy one because of some of the instances that happen early on. Although Hamlet portrays a man who is very eager to act out in hopes of avenging himself, his mind isn’t necessarily where it wants to be, hence delaying his actions.
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